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5.0 out of 5 starsRevelation
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
One of the most powerful, insightful, theologically sound books I've ever read on suffering. It shattered everything I was ever taught and believed about prayer, and whether or not God hears and answers "every" prayer. As a pastor of a classical Pentecostal church, son of a bishop, and whose grandfather founded a small black Pentecostal denomination in 1910, I was forced to examine my faith and everything I was taught, studied, and believed about prayer, faith, and suffering. I later wrote my own memoir of some of my feeling, Running Away: A Memoir of a Bishop's Son by Ulysses Stephen King, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 starsThough provoking for everyday life
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
LOVED this book - although I read it by the pool and it has completely fallen apart. The stories from the Bible and how Larry makes them ring true for everyday life is so simple to understand and easy to see yourself in the explanations. Thought provoking and easy to understand. I have recommended this book to all my friends
My husband and I have read all of Dr. Crabb’s books , so we were anticipating his newest book - trusting that God had something important for us to hear. Just the introduction spoke volumes to us, especially regarding our current life challenges. I think I highlighted most of the pages, plus made numerous notes while seeking to hear the Father. Thank you Larry for the depth of your honesty, listening to God, and using your gift of writing to speak to so many of us that have been Christians for a long time needing fresh stirring in our souls.
4.0 out of 5 starsGod's ways may not make sense to us, but in the end, they're the right ways
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
Funny thing here, is that I don’t remember requesting a review copy of this book. I remember seeing it on the list, and thinking that I wasn’t interested. After all anybody who has been around for a while already knows that God's ways rarely make sense. So I was surprised when it showed up on my doorstep. Just another example of “When God's Ways Make No Sense” This book by Dr Larry Crabb (Baker Books, 2018) though, does make sense. Crabb uses three Biblical figures: Jonah, Sual of Tarsus (better known today as the Apostle Paul) and Habakkuk to show how there are three basic default positions when God and we don’t agree on what makes sense in our crazy mixed up world. We can ‘resist and run’, like Jonah did. We can ‘distort and deny’ as Saul the Pharisee did, or we can tremble before God and learn to trust Him as did the prophet Habakkuk. Three distinct choices, three distinct outcomes. Of course there’s more involved, but that is the starting place. Jonah thought he knew better than God: the people of Nineveh were horrible people, they deserved to be destroyed but God was offering them a chance for salvation. Saul was going to make things better, but in the end it’s Habakkuk who teaches that there is nothing better than that which God has in mind for us. It’s just that God's will doesn’t always make sense. And our reactions are to get angry, to blame, to ignore, or with fear, awe and trembling, learn to trust. When God's ways make no sense, strange things happen. And we’re the better for it. I received a copy of this book as a member of the Baker Books bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 4/5